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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Nov 28, 2011 1:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help please! Show recommendations

Both DP 31 and RT Vol. 1, #3 are fine choices, but given you've only listed these two, I'd go for the Summer '71 RT. The Summer '71 should be a nice contrast to whatever you choose from Europe '72.

And since you are spending $$ on some Europe '72, I'd definitely pick up Paris 5/3. Rotterdam 5/11 is worthy of all of the praise given to it, but for my 2 cents worth, the performance on 5/3 in Paris stands as its equal. Beautiful, emotional, energetic and highly inventive synergistic playing especially on the long jam from Truckin' through a gorgeous, many faceted Other One that easily rolls in and out of Bobby McGee and into a sweet and pensive Wharf Rat is playing of the highest order. Some of the passages early in The Other One conjure up large sweeping epic landscapes, only to quickly take you into the feeling of an intimate walk along the Seine on a close and quiet foggy night. Phil offers his quiet rumbles of thunder and at one point Keith alone plays a hint of Dark Star - only a couple of bars, and played with a humorous air . . . and that's just the beginning of the journey . . . breathtakingly beautiful!! I can't recall if it's 5/3 or some other date that takes the cake for most songs played on this tour . . . on 5/3 they are all played well.

This post was modified by duckpond74 on 2011-11-28 21:51:23

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Poster: BVD Date: Nov 28, 2011 6:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help please! Show recommendations

DP11 9/27/72 another stand out performance with a Dew opener and a one time only Dark Star>>Cumberland Blues. This show is one of three nights at the Stanley Theatre in Jersey City. Check out the other two shows as well 9/26 and 9/28 available here for streaming.

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Nov 28, 2011 8:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help please! Show recommendations

Went with the 5\11/72 and the Paris opener that was the kind of curveball I needed. + the 71 Moore is better & who needs a wall of sound? Thank you....

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Nov 29, 2011 10:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help please! Show recommendations

You can't go wrong with Rotterdam 5/11 and Paris 5/3 as a nice complimentary combo. Epic performances of Dark Star and The Other One to fill those long winter nights. enjoy!